Benefits of Light-Gauge Steel

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Benefits of Light-Gauge Steel

Light gauge steel structures have many of the advantages of light wood framed structures


Steel is strong and durable, offering long lasting structural integrity and over 100 years life span.


Steel frames are efficient to work with and fast to install – as quick as 3 days fully installed for a residential home, eliminating the need of even a single piece of timber.


Steel frames are straight and precise, and won't warp, twist or shrink.


Non-combustible, steel framing offers a significant reduction in flammable material.

Corrosion & Termite Resistant

Steel roof, wall and floor framing is corrosion resistant and 100 per cent termite or borer proof.

More Sustainable

Steel frames are eco-friendlier and more sustainable than timber framing with significantly less waste and pollution.

Less Skilled Workers Required

Unlike timber frames, Steel framing reduces the need for highly skilled construction workers.

Faster Investment Return

Using steel frames in your projects brings you faster return of investment – significantly increased speed at the framing stage & no lock-up required.

No Chemical Treatment Required

Requiring no chemical treatments, steel framing is the healthier alternative.

Less Costs Associated

Steel Framing is relatively lightweight, reducing transport and installation costs. Also, no more timber recycling fees!

More Flexibility

With an excellent strength to weight ratio, steel framing allows for greater design flexibility.

Less Onsite Cutting

Significantly reduced onsite cutting minimises installation time and material wastage.


Easy for follow-on trades - our prefabricated light gauge steel frames include pre-punched service holes improving on-site efficiency.

Advantages compared with timber

Light gauge steel structures have many of the advantages of light wood framed structuresThe anatomy of a building is not dissimilar to that of the human body. Think of the skeleton as your frame. If your structure is strong and composed of the right materials, it will endure the test of time. It is essential that every building is safe and secure. So, let's investigate this further. The debacle of whether to use timber or steel frames is a confusing one for many builders as there are many misconceptions on the subject. A builder’s best ally, in making the correct decision on whether to build with timber or steel, is knowledge. The ramifications of making the wrong call could potentially be momentous in terms of costly repairs and longevity of a home.

Risks Associated with Using Timber Frames

Timber is a natural cellulose material and is milled with all its natural imperfections and inherent weaknesses. Timber frames are susceptible to damage in both termite infestation and internal surface stress fractures, the costs of which can be substantial. In comparison, Ezsteel steel frames and trusses are engineered to be stronger, more secure, and most importantly, termite proof.

According to research conducted by Archicentre, one in five Australian homes will suffer termite infestation within a five year period. Repair costs are commonly in excess of $40,000. Termite inspections and preventative treatments cost an additional $830 a year, with no guarantee of even preventing a termite attack. When it comes to protecting your home from termites, in the steel vs timber frames debate, steel is clearly the superior choice.

Frame Movement

In some cases, “creaking or noisy frames'' have been earmarked as the reason for not using steel. The reality is that all framing products have the potential to move, although not all are noisy. Ezsteel frames are manufactured with the latest manufacturing technology. All sections are secured with specially designed screws as opposed to butt joints and nails for timber. Timber reacts to fluctuating environmental conditions of moisture, humidity and temperature extremes; it shifts and flexes resulting in movement and noise. Conversely, steel does not expand with moisture. Steel, unlike timber, will remain true and always maintain its original integrity.

When a timber frame becomes distorted due to environmental influences, including expansion and contraction, the frame movement results in cracking or fissures in the plasterboard. This is evident in surface cracks, cracked cornices and peaking of ceiling joints.As opposed to timber, when choosing Ezsteel steel frames, builders and homeowners have the reassurance of our generous warranty terms. Our steel frames do not shrink, warp, twist, or buckle. They are solid, straight, and true for perfect plasterboard application. In summary, builders and homeowners seeking to minimise risks associated with movement of frames, would be wise to consider steel frames from Ezsteel for their next project.

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